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California imposes statewide water restrictions during drought

By CNN Staff
updated 9:01 AM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
The grounds at the state Capitol are already under a reduced watering program, and groundskeepers have let sections of the lawn die off in an effort to use less water.
The grounds at the state Capitol are already under a reduced watering program, and groundskeepers have let sections of the lawn die off in an effort to use less water.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New restrictions will affect lawn watering and car washing across California
  • They're the first of their kind in the state, which is dealing with a major drought
  • Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January

(CNN) -- Grappling with drought conditions, California officials on Tuesday approved statewide emergency water restrictions.

The restrictions are the first of their kind statewide, California Water Board spokesman George Kostyrko said, and will affect lawn watering, car washing, hosing down driveways and ornamental fountains.

Infractions could bring a fine of $500 per day.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for California in January. State officials say last year was one of California's driest years ever.

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CNN's Mayra Cuevas contributed to this report.

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